Thursday Morning Music Shuffle – H.S.K.T. Mix

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Well here we are… late, but I did listen to this shuffle this morning.  Been on the road most of the day, so I’m just posting it now.   I got to keep it brief, but check out the great music.

“Notes” by Mothers

Another track from Panamanian Times. Just flat out cool punkish rock from New York City.  From the Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen collective.

“Fire and Flood” by Joe Sundell

This song has been lingering around my playlist for a long while.  From Joe Sundell’s awesome album, The Hat Thief.  Dig this song.

“Are You Gonna Be My Friend?” by Drew Kohl

Our first shuffle listen to Sweetheart EP by Drew Kohl.  We first heard Drew’s original voice as part of Young America.  Drew tackles the subject of love in some interesting ways, and Sweetheart is a really good record.  But don’t take my word for it, read what I had to say…. 

“Turn Me On” by Tipi Valley

Ed Toff (a.k.a. Tipi Valley) has been a favorite of Ear to the Ground for several years.  His latest release is called Dust.  Tipi Valley is from Swansea in the UK, and he doesn’t use You Tube.  So, you will need to listen to Turn Me On using the widget below

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Hands down one of the best shows I’ve seen this year was John Moreland at The 5 Spot (just a couple of hours after seeing him at Music City Roots).  He managed to silence both crowds with his gritty, gut-wrenching take on Americana/Roots/Folk music.  Hands down one of the best records of 2015 is Moreland’s High on Tulsa Heat.  Here is a track from that album.

“H.S.K.T.” by Sylvan Esso

Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes.  Sylvan Esso is Amelia Meath of Mountain Man and Nick Sanborn who does electronic producing under the name Made of Oak.  This song is simple yet brilliant, infectious without being obnoxious.  

“Lone Star Song” by Grant Lee Buffalo

Might Joe Moon was a Goodwill CD bin find, and I have really enjoyed discovering this album.  Lone Star Song may be my favorite song on the album, but I’m not sure.  It is a favorite, though…

“Jim Along Josie” by The Barefoot Movement

I can count on one finger the number of young, tradition folk bands that I have met in a chance encounter at the Cash Cabin Studio.  The Barefoot Movement would be that one finger.  Off of their EP The High Road.  Jim Along Josie is a foot-stomping traditional folk song.

“Ground” by Terrible

Terrible are Nashville band who are anything but… “Ground” is a song from their album Oakwood which was released earlier this month.  

VIDEO PLAYLIST


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Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle – Boys Like Me Mix

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If trudging through the work week is like climbing a mountain, then my question has to be is Wednesday really the day we get over the hump or is it just a day that finds us clinging desperately to the sheer face of a rocky cliff and wondering how the hell we are going to make it the rest of the way?  Food for thought… happy Wednesday!

“Get Drunk” by Drag the River

From the 2002 Album closed.  Ear to the Ground just presents song titles, we make no statements for or against the sentiments expressed in such song titles.  Drag the River’s membership includes/has included members of the band All who were previously discussed in posts about the band The Descendents.  Both this song and The Descendent’s song were included on the February Feel Bad for You Mixtape of “short songs”  This song is considerably longer than the other.

“Graves” by Whiskey Shivers

Speaking of Raucous roots based music…  gotta love The Whiskey Shivers.

“The Great Game” by The Great Game

The Great Game is the name of the band, the album, and the song.  It is New World music with an original and decidedly European sound, and I kind of like it… a ton.

“The Almost Great Lakes” by Darrin Bradbury

A live recording of a song that may be on Darrin’s new album or maybe not, what do I know.  It is about the great state of Wisconsin.  Everyone knows about the Great Lakes, but what about those that didn’t quite make that cut?  Now you know about them, too.  I could not find a video of this song, so look it up on Bandcamp to hear/buy it.

“Nearly Lost You” by The Torn Images

We still have a couple of tracks from the fantastic album Reviver by The Torn Images.  This song has all of the elements of a great true alternative Rock song.  It’s not poppy, it’s not light and fluffy… It is just Gut wrenching emotion backed by killer guitar licks.

“Silent Breather” by Tipi Valley

Found out recently that Jeremy Gluck who we have been featuring quite a bit recently lives in the vicinity of Tipi Valley, a long time favorite of all of us here at Ear to the Ground (it’s just me by the way).  This is another killer track from the latest Tipi Valley release called Dust.

“Middle of America” (Worktape) by Will Hoge

Ahead of his latest album, Small Town Dreams (which was released last week), Will Hoge released a Noisetrade sampler of some rough (worktapes) of a few songs from that album.  This is one of those tracks.  Hoge is one of Nashville’s best.

“What I Have Not Got” by Tim Lee 3

A live version of the lead track from their 2010 double album Raucous Americanus… Tim Lee 3 are not a quiet band.   If you are in Knoxville for Record Store Day, you can catch them at Lost and Found Records along with their spin off band, Bark, the last of the full grown men – Webb Wilder, and a host of others.

“I Know What Boys Like” by The Waitresses

If you, like me, were alive in the 1980s chances are pretty good that you heard this song many, many times. The Waitresses were from Akron, Ohio. The Waitresses were the creation of Chris Butler who came out of the same Akron music scene that produced DEVO, The James Gang, and Chrissy Hynde of The Pretenders.  Lead vocalist Patty Donahue passed away in 1996 at the age of 40.

“See About You” by Joe Nolan

Another track from the forthcoming Blue Turns Black remaster by Nashville songwriter and writer Joe Nolan. 

“Bleed” by Jeremiah Tall

My latest Noisetrade “discovery” is Jeremiah Tall from Bucks County, Pennsylvania.  He is a one man band that plays a pretty awesome brand of folk/rock music.  This is the final track on his latest album, Walking which has been out just under a month.

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Monday Morning Music Shuffle – Hangin’ Downtown Mix

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After a long, productive weekend, I am back at the work week – shuffle thing….

ICYMI: my latest two live reviews are up on No Depression.   You can read the first part of my recap of the Safety Harbor Song Fest. (Part II coming soon)  And my Review of Friday nights Humming House hometown record release celebration.

On to the shuffle:

“Harley” by Don Henry

Don Henry’s 1991 album Wild in the Backyard was one of my favorites – great mostly humorous songwriting from a top Nashville writer.  I lost possession of the CD at some point, but the good news is I am pretty sure it ended up in the hands of a friend who went on to be a pretty awesome songwriter, too.  I was happy to come across this live version of a song from that album which was recorded at the Bluebird Café here in Nashville.

“Bozeman” by Matt Prater

I am seriously digging on Matt Prater’s Tables and Chairs album which was released earlier this year, and this is one of my favorite songs, a classic Boy meets… song. Great hook and a fun twist.

“Wave As We Run” by Sean Watkins

Another great song from the album, All I Do is Lie by Nickel Creek guitarist Sean Watkins.

“Tension” by Minutemen

Originally from the 1st 12inch release by post-punk legends the Minutemen – The Punch Line.  That record and What Makes a Man Start Fires were later compiled on the CD Release called Post-Mersh Vol. 1. The song was written by Mike Watt and the late Martin Tamburovich who was part of the band The Reactionaries which was a predecessor band to the Minutemen. 

“My Baby Don’t Understand Me” by Natalie Prass

The opening track from the self-titled debut album by one-time Nashville resident Natalie Prass.  The album was released earlier this year, and debuted at number 50 on the UK album charts. 

“Walked to You” by Tipi Valley

Dust is the latest release from E2TG favorite Tipi Valley of Swansea UK.  The song uses electronic sounds and effects to convey a gorgeous song.  Please take a look at Tipi Valley’s 2015 CXCW video located below the Video Playlist.  The video, like all of Tipi Valley’s videos, is available on Vimeo and not You Tube.

“The Extra Mile” by Jeremy Gluck/Robert Coyne

Another great track from the album Memory Deluxe: I Knew Buffalo Bill 2 which is a follow up to 1987’s album I Knew Buffalo Bill and featured Gluck along with Nikki Sudden, Rowland S. Howard, Jeffrey Lee Pierce, and Epic Soundtracks.

“One O’ The Girls” by Phranc

Phranc’s song about fitting in on the women’s swim team.. from Folksinger.

“Hangin’ Downtown” by The Replacements

From Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash.  A song about – hanging downtown because there is nothing else to do.

“Tear Me Down” by Ron Muga

Another cool song from the album Wonderful Doom by New York singer-songwriter Ron Muga.

VIDEO PLAYLIST


And because Tipi Valley isn’t on You Tube, here is his 2015 entry in Couch by Couchwest from Vimeo…
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Silent Breather for cxcw 2015 from Tipi Valley on Vimeo.
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Thursday Morning Music Shuffle – Poorer Every Day Mix

So, Nashville is getting a lot of hype these days… East Nashville more specifically.  Is it deserved or not? I’ll let someone else answer that deep and complicated question. However, what I will do, is tell you just a bit about one particular night in East Nashville (last night to be specific), and I will let you process this information how you will….

The night began with David Olney in his penultimate* Happy Hour show at The 5 Spot opening his show with an incredibly awesome recitation of Kubla Khan, and the night ended (almost) about six hours later at Fran’s Eastside with Tim Carroll and Darrin Bradbury doing a version of Freebird that made me a fan of that song (or at least a fan of their version).

We have a mixed bag of cool tunes in today shuffle, so let’s do it!

“A Woman or the Blues” by Curtis Salgado from Alligator Records: 21st Century Blues and Roots/Soul Shot

Life is about choices… you choose or life chooses for you…

“Runaway” by The Freaky Baby Daddies from Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen – Section 5/Free Download

Diving back into the Mama Coco’s stash with some funky grooves.

“The Dream’s in the Ditch” by Deer Tick from Negativity

The Rhode Island based band with song from their most recent album Negativity.

“Bring on the Rain” by Heather Powell from Believe it to Life

Some gorgeous soulful sounds from the True Groove stable.

“The Action” by Little Village from Little Village

More from this 90s pre-Americana supergroup.

“Rhythm Section Want Ad” by They Might Be Giants from First Album Live

I hope you are enjoying this revisiting of TMBG’s first album as much as I am.

“Alienation’s for the Rich” by They Might Be Giants from First Album Live

It’s a great day for TMBG, let’s play two.

“Outro” by Tipi Valley from Blue Moon EP

We close out the latest from our friend Tipi Valley with the brief final track from this EP.  Waiting patiently for the next record.

“O, Ma Chere Tite Fille” by Ann Savoy Feat. Linda Ronstadt from Evangeline Made: a tribute to Cajun Music

Ann Savoy is a Virginia transplant who married a Cajun musician and has become a Cajun artist herself. Linda Ronstadt is Linda Ronstadt.

“White on White” by Haunted America from Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen – Section 5/A-side of Single

We close out today’s shuffle with more awesome music from the fine folks at Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen.

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Monday Morning Music Shuffle – Sleeping Daydreams Mix

To sleep, perchance to dream…

a Monday shuffle follows the jump

A bunch of Nashville connections in the shuffle today…

“Lazaretto” by Jack White from Lazaretto

Nashville transplant Jack White with the title track from his latest album…

“Memorial Day” by The Jean Jackets from Field Theory Blues

Coincidently, the second song named “Memorial Day” to grace our shuffle in this last week.  This one is from Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen artist The Jean Jackets.  We have one last song from this album in our current playlist, and a whole other album to add.

“Cigarette Daydreams” by Cage the Elephant from Melophobia

Cage the Elephant are from just north of Nashville (Bowling Green, Kentucky). Melophobia was recorded here in Nashville and was produced by Jay Joyce who was in the Nashville band In Pursuit back in my formative years.

“Circles” by Pujol from PUJOL Sampler/Kludge

Daniel Pujol is one of Nashville’s best.  From his latest album Kludge and taken from a NoiseTrade sampler.

“Poor Boy” by Mark Robinson from Quit Your Job

One of the best Blues guitarists around, and a good friend of Ear to the Ground.  Mark Robinson is currently nominated for a Nashville Independent Music award.  This song – a take on a blues standard is from his first album.

“Blue Moon” by Tipi Valley from Blue Moon EP

Another E2TG favorite, Tipi Valley is up next with the title track from his latest EP.  Solid guitar noise.

“Absolutely Bill’s Mood” by They Might Be Giants from First Album Live

The live TMBG’s album on NoiseTrade is a brilliant recreation of the classic first album.

“Until We Sleep” by David Gilmour from About Face

Next, we have a song from Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour’s second solo album – released in 1984.

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We close out with the beautiful Everly Brother’s hit.  As a video extra, we’ve included R.E.M.’s classic cover of this song taken from the Documentary film, Athens Ga: Inside/Out.

Just as a warning – posting could be erratic for the next several days, but stayed tuned….

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Monday Morning Music Shuffle – Dust Off Mix

Back after a day off from blogging.  We have eight cooler than necessary tracks…  let’s jump to it!

“Instant Crush” by Daft Punk from Random Access Memories

Everyone’s favorite robot-helmeted French electronic musicians with a song from their powerhouse 2013 album. This song features Julian Casablancas from The Strokes.

“Digital” by Rewpart from 1/2

Some cool music from London and Rewpart who I met through the about.me website.

“Foolish Pride” by Tipi Valley” from Blue Moon EP

More great music from long-time E2TG fave Tipi Valley from Wales.

“Away” by Ben Pagano from Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen: Section 5/Robot Jazz

Seriously, if you haven’t downloaded the Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen: Section 5 album yet, what are you waiting for.  While you’re at check out the Robot Jazz album by Ben Pagano, too.  Do it! I’ll wait.

“Brushed the Dust Off (Lean into the Wind)” by Miss Shevaughn and Yuma Wray from Lean into the Wind

I needed to hear this song today…  Any shuffle that includes Miss Shevaughn and Yuma Wray has to be good.

“Way Up High” by The Foresters from Living Hold

More good stuff from the Nork brothers of Connecticut!

“Cliff Bar” by Darrin Bradbury from The Almost Great Crepe’s (Demos)

Darrin Bradbury turns a phrase about as well as anyone I can think of, and I can think of a lot of people who can turn a phrase pretty darn well…    We’ve included a video sneak peek of the forthcoming new EP due out tomorrow called Motel Oatmeal

“Could We See” by Grounded from untitled

Close things out with a former E2TG featured artist from back when we had featured artists.  Grounded are from Florida, and I’m not sure if the album is titled “untitled” or if is actually untitled, but it has some cool music on it – including this one.

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Full-Ride Friday Music Shuffle – Covered in Dust Mix

I didn’t sleep particularly well last night, and so I knew I would need some cool tunes to make it through the morning commute. With that in mind, I decided to run my usual shuffle for the full ride into work, and thus was born a new feature* at Ear to the Ground called Full-Ride Friday (hashtag #frf – patent pending** – void where prohibited) **there is not patent pending…!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=”//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js”;fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,”script”,”twitter-wjs”);

* Bloggers Note: I sure hope no one notices that about 90% of the time I announce I new feature, it never appears again.  If they notice, they may realize that I’m just making this up as I go around and thus may figure out that I’m not a real music blogger.

Anyway, I hit shuffle and 21 songs later, I made to my desk to begin my day…   Go past the jump to experience the first (and maybe last) ever Full-Ride Friday Shuffle!

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“Never Wanted Your Love” by She and Him from Merge Records Summer Sampler 2013/Volume 3

Zooey and M. Ward…

 

“Coyote Stories” by Darrin Bradbury from Death in my Left Ear

“When she asked me sign I said, “ I think I was born under Reagan”…”

 

“Decay” by The Danbury Lie from Fourth Time’s a Charm

Deconstructed metal/blues/folk… I don’t know, but I like it…

 

“A Casual Conversation w/Superman” by Darrin Bradbury from True Love

“Running around in that cape don’t get you laid like you’d think being that you saved  the whole damn world and all…”

 

“Blue Highways” by Darrin Bradbury from True Love

“The Blue Highways are all covered in dust…”

 

“Cornmeal Waltz” by Guy Clark from My Favorite Picture of You

“Beat-up old Stetsons, beehive hair, belt buckles bumpin’ in time.
There’s little girls dancin’ on their daddies’ toes, spinnin’ around on a dime.”


“Election Year Blues” by Miss Shevaughn and Yuma Wray from Lean into the Wind

“Count up your dollars before you show up to vote…”

 

“don’t lose you faith” by The Lies from whatever

“as the leaves fall from the trees
dying from nature’s disease
when you’re down on your knees, looking for a quick release”


 

“Jeremy’s Glory” by Jason and the Scorchers from Clear Impetuous Morning

“Jeremy left his family, Spring of ’63. Said he had to find his glory marching with Robert E. Lee”

 

“Travelling Wilburys (Handle Me with Care)” by Heath McNease from download

“this is the end of the line for my self-righteous thoughts.”

 

“After the Disco” by Broken Bells from After the Disco

Is it me, or have James Mercer and Danger Mouse been listening to lots of Roxy Music?  That’s not a bad thing… that is never a bad thing…

 

“Falling from the Stars” by Tipi Valley from Blue Moon EP

“Just when I thought I knew you, I changed”

 

“Well You Better” by Yo La Tengo from Fade

“Baby make up your mind/Please make up your mind”

 

“Monk’s Point” by Thelonious Monk from Solo Monk

Thelonious has a good point.

 

“Abet Gurage”  by Tomas Doncker from Power of the Trinity

“We must become members of a new race, overcoming petty prejudice, owing our ultimate allegiance not to nations, but to our fellow men within the human community.”
H.I.M. Haile Selassie I”

 

“Too Young to Burn (Sonny and the Sunsets cover)” by Spirit Family Reunion from Home Recordings Vol. 1

Hell yeah, Spirit Family Reunion covering one of my favorite Sonny and the Sunsets songs.

 

“Jezebel” by The Delta Saints from Death Letter Jubilee

An elegiac  triumphant march through the middle of Bourbon Street.

 

“Miss Watson” by Semi-Twang from The Why and the What For

A joyful fun song – the video is from Couch by Couchwest

 

“The Room is Still Spinning” by Phonoscenes from Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen: Section 5/The Relative

The hits keep coming from the Funky Kitchen of Mama Coco.

 

“19” by Meenk from Scamu Scau

Meenk contacted me by e-mail a while back, and I love this EP.  It’s taken the shuffle function a little while to get into the game, but I’m happy to feature two songs to close out today’s shuffle.

“I drank half a beer and I’m only nineteen
I’m sorry for putting you all in such danger”

“Up” by Meenk from Scamu Scau

“More people have been up on the moon than felt the way I feel”

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